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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a baby duck & it wont stand up & it wont eat or

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I have a baby duck & it wont stand up & it wont eat or drink, what could be wrong with it?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It wont hold its head up either!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site and even less who are familiar with waterfowl. There are a number of common diseases of ducks that affect young ducklings...

Duck Virus Hepatitis - if spasmodic contractions of Peanut's legs arise death is sure to follow within an hour in a typical "arched-backward" position.

Duck Plague (herpesvirus) - usually seen in mature ducks but also in ducklings - if greenish-yellowish diarrhea (sometime blood -stained) arises you'll lose this duckling.

Riemerella anatipestifer - listlessness, eye discharge, diarrhea, incoordination, shaking of the head and twisted neck are seen; birds are commonly found on their backs paddling their legs.

Avian cholera - loss of appetite, mucous discharge from the mouth, diarrhea are ssen

Colibacillosis - symptoms are similar to Riemerella

Toxins - botulism - progressive flaccid limp paralysis of the neck, legs, and wings; birds usually die in a coma within 24-48 hours; this would appear to be an important differential diagnosis for Peanut

I wish I could be more specific for you from here. Supportive care would involve force-feeding a gruel of duck pellets and keeping Peanut warmed in an 85F environment. Unfortunately, his prognosis is grave. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Coye,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Peanut. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin